FYI

- Area students can overcome testing anxieties and learn new skills to record higher ACT marks after joining a local test-preparation course. They will master testing strategies, conquer core subjects and build confidence to ace the college entrance exam and stay competitive among their peers for college admission and scholarships. A five-session course is offered from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Feb. 14 at Wadsworth High School, 635 Broad Street. The weekly sessions are made up of small classes and offer individual and group instruction. To register or receive more information, call Laura Icardi of ACT Test Preparation at 330-722-7235, or email licardi@ActTestPrep.info. Parents and students also can visit the website at www.ActTestPrep.info or Facebook. 

- The Summit County Metro Parks is hosting an information session from 7 to 8 p.m. about the 10-week series on the ways past participants in the "Couch to 5K" training series have described the annual program. The program will be held at the parks' auditorium, 1828 Smith Road. Naturalist and runner Elizabeth Kresse will describe what series participants can expect and answer questions. ‘Couch’ participants will meet every Sunday morning, beginning at 9 a.m. March 5 for a group run and to discuss different running topics with experts from Cleveland Clinic Akron General and Second Sole. Registration is not required for the information session. However, registration is required for the training series. The cost is $40 per person, which includes a training shirt and admission to the May 14 Mother’s Day 5K in Munroe Falls Metro Park (521 S. River Rd., Munroe Falls). For information about the Mother’s Day 5K and the Couch to 5K series, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065. 

- Preschool and day care personnel training will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 16 and Feb. 23 by Summit County Children on recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect. The six-hour class will be held at the Children's Services main building, 264 S. Arlington St.. To receive credit, participants must be on time and attend both evenings. Also, a three-hour review training will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Summit County Children Services' main building. Space is limited. Register on the website at summitkids.org; click on the links located in the story entitled "Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Child Care Professionals." Those interested can also contact Lisa Hamilton-Green by phone at 330-379-2090 or by email lgreen@summitkids.org.

Jan. 28

- Antique and Classic Bicycle and Motorbike Display will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. inside =Hartville MarketPlace, 1289 Edison St. NW. Free Admission. For information, contact Dan Schwaberow at 330-699-4517, Ron Ashley at 330-618-7134 (cell), or Bob Hirschfelt at 330-699-9798.

- Archery Games for Kids will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and for adults from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. Children between 9 and 15 will play different games to build archery skills in a fun and exciting way during their event. Those 16 and older will playy different games to build archery skill in a fun and exciting way. Participants must have already taken one of the park's Intro to Archery programs. All equipment and hands-on instruction is provided. Participants must be 50 inches or taller. Registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065.   

Jan. 29

- Enjoy an evening of southern gospel music at 5 p.m. at the Manchester United Methodist Church, 5625 Manchester Road.

- From 12:30 to 3 p.m., there will be an open archery shoot at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. Register for a half-hour time slot to improve your shot. Participants must have already taken a park's Intro to Archery and Archery Games programs. All equipment is provided. Advance registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

Jan. 30

- An adult program, "My Brain Made Me Do It" will be held at 6 p.m. at the Green Branch Library. The program discusses how irrational human emotions can impact our everyday investment decisions and is presented by Rob Moser of Edward Jones. Register in advance. The library is at 4046 Massillon Road. For more information, call 330-896-9074.

Jan. 31

- A Cardio Hike will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Pioneer Area, 550 Frazier Ave. Hike more than five miles at a vigorous pace with few, if any, rest stops. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

- A SCORE workshop will be conducted on the subject of Marketing Techniques from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.at the Taylor Institute at the University of Akron. Details are available on the SCORE website at www.akron.score.org. Individuals and companies interested in attending can register at the website or by calling 330-379-3163.

- The Summit County Farm Bureau will host an information session on 4-H, what is it about and how to get your children involved, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Dayton Nursery Owl Barn, 3459 Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton. 4-H members do not need to live on a farm or raise animals to participate as there are other options including STEM, fashion, culinary, dogs, pocket-pets, livestock, sewing, theater and more. The event is free and registration is required. RSVP to the Summit County Farm Bureau office at 800-654-5158.

Feb. 1

- Kids Bible Club begins at 5:30 p.m. for children ages four years old through the fifth grade at Hartville Church of the Breathren, 353 Crestmont Ave. SW. The two-hour club, which runs through March 29, includes dinner, Bible stories, Bible verse memorization, games, crafts and science. For more information, call 330-877-9480 or email hartchur@aol.com.

- Harmony Springs Christian Church will be hosting the first death café in Green from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Giant Eagle Market District, 1700 Corporate Woods Parkway. The death café session will take place on the second floor. Cake and light refreshments will be provided. The death café is a discussion group about death and our (finite) lives. The goal of the café is to increase awareness of death with the view of helping people make the most of their (finite) lives. For more information, visit DeathCafe.com.

Feb. 3

- The Wild Goose Retreat will be held from Feb. 3-5 at the Loyola Retreat House, 700 Killinger Road. The retreat invites attendees into a more profound life-giving relationship with the Holy Spirit. Arrival is at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 6:00 p.m. The cost is $165 per person. For more information, call 330-896-2315 or email loyolaretreat@aol.com or visit loyolaretreathouse.com to register.

Feb. 4

- Join a naturalist from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to search for the beautiful yellow eyes of the rusty blackbird, a declining species that winters in Firestone Metro Park/Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Rd. All other birds will be a bonus. Binoculars recommended. For information, call 330-865-8065.  

Feb. 5

- From 1 to 4 p.m., Oak and Honey and Baci Designer will hold a recycled wedding boutique, a wedding flea market of sorts at the John S. Knight Center. Soon-to-be couples can shop new, slightly used, and vintage items to create the wedding of their dreams. More than 30 newlyweds and vendors will be selling upcycled, recycled, or vintage items. Something White: A Bridal Boutique will have a sample dress shop for brides to find the dress of their dreams. Bring non-perishable items to donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Akron. For a list of needed items please visit: http://www.rmhakron.org/uploads/assets/Akron/Wish-List-2016.pdf.

- Archery for Couples will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and  2:30 to 4 p.m. at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oakes Area, 40 Axline Ave. Couples can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship together at the indoor range. Program good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Participants must be at least 18. Advance registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

Feb. 8

- Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions can discover the "whooo" are raising young this time of year through a Metro Park's program from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The program, which focuses on owls, includes a hike and craft. It will be held at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. Make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. Advance registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

- A Jesus Heals event will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Queen of Heaven Church. The schedule includes: confessions until 6:20 p.m.; from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., healing mass; and at 7:30 p.m., closing with exposition of the blessed sacrament, individual blessing and healing. The church is at 1800 Steese Road. For more information, call 330-896-2345.

Feb. 9

Life Insurance 101 will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Green Branch Library. It is an adult program presented by by Bob Ruggeri, an independent representative of Primerica. Register in advance for this program by calling 330-896-9074.

Feb. 10

NewPointe Community Church (Dover Campus) will host Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience centered on God’s love for people with special needs, ages 14 and older. This worldwide movement is set to take place in all 50 states and 10 countries around the world. Every guest enters the complimentary event on a red carpet, complete with a warm welcome from a friendly crowd and paparazzi. Once inside, guests receive the royal treatment, including hair and makeup stations, shoe-shining areas, limousine rides, corsages and boutonnieres, a catered dinner, karaoke, prom favors for each honored guest and a dance floor all leading up to the moment when each guest is crowned king or queen of the prom. To register, visit newpointe.org/nighttoshine. The church is at 3950 State Route 39 NW, Dover.

Feb. 13

Coventry AARP #3820 will meet Feb 13 at 1:15 p.m. at the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Club Civic Center, 727 Portage Lakes Drive. The Rubber Capital Harmonica Club will entertain. Free refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Feb. 14

Springfield Township Woman's Club will hold its meeting 6:30 p.m. at the Senior/Community Center on the lake. Speaker for the evening will be local author Linda Lonsdorf. All area ladies are welcome.